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Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip

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This winter, escape to the warmth of America's southwest and the beauty of one of the world's top natural attractions, the Grand Canyon.

6 days    $1,325

About the Tour

This winter, escape to the warmth of America's southwest and the beauty of one of the world's top natural attractions, the Grand Canyon. Your 6-day train vacation begins in Chicago, where you'll board Amtrak's Southwest Chief for Flagstaff, Arizona. From there, catch the historic Grand Canyon Railway for your journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and incredible sightseeing at one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Your winter rail vacation, ideal in the off-season because of fewer travelers visiting U.S. National Parks and their attractions, includes round-trip travel on Amtrak's Southwest Chief, roundtrip travel on the Grand Canyon Railway, hotel accommodations, sightseeing at the Grand Canyon, and more!


  • Roundtrip transportation aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief (2 nights onboard train)
  • Hotel accomodations for 3 nights
  • Meals on the train when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Dinner and breakfast at the Railway's Fred Harvey Restaurant
  • The Grand Canyon Railway 
  • Motorcoach South Rim tour
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  • Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief

    Arrive Chicago Union Station and board Amtrak's Southwest Chief early this afternoon for your overnight journey to Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Day 2 - Southwest Chief to Flagstaff, Arizona

    The sun rises as you leave Kansas' snow-covered plains behind and enter southern Colorado. Start your day with a visit to the Sightseer Lounge, the best location to take in the passing scenery and socialize with your fellow travelers. By lunchtime, the changing scenery indicates you have left the snow behind and are in the heart of the warmer, sunnier southwest. A little before 4:00 pm, the Southwest Chief pulls into Albuquerque. Take some time to disembark the train, stretch your legs, and enjoy the warmer weather-a welcome treat in the middle of winter. The train continues its journey at 4:45 pm and arrives in Flagstaff, Arizona approximately 9:30 pm this evening. A shuttle will transfer you from the rail station to your hotel. Overnight Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. (B, L, D Sleeping Car Passengers only)

  • Day 3 - Historic Grand Canyon Railway Train

    Start your first morning in the southwest with a hearty breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Then board the vintage rail cars of the Grand Canyon Railway for the journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. You'll travel the same route as other notable Railway passengers before you including William Howard Taft, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Clark Gable, Jimmy Durante, and Doris Day. The historic Grand Canyon Railway was originally built more than a century ago to transport ore in the Wild West. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon Village, check into your hotel before embarking on a Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon. This narrated motorcoach tour of the South Rim visits the most scenic overlooks of the canyon, with stops at breathtaking vistas including Mohave Point, Pima Point, The Abyss, and Hermits Rest. Overnight Maswik Lodge. (B)

  • Day 4 - Grand Canyon at Your Leisure

    Spend the morning exploring the South Rim on your own. There are several historical buildings worth visiting including Buckey O'Neill's Cabin, the longest continually standing structure in the South Rim; Desert View Watchtower with one of the few views of the bottom of the Canyon and the Colorado River; and Bright Angel Lodge, which includes a small museum honoring Fred Harvey who played a prominent role in popularizing the Grand Canyon. This afternoon, board the Grand Canyon Railway southbound to Williams, where you will have dinner at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Overnight Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. (D)

  • Day 5 - Southwest Chief Chicago-bound

    Wake-up early and transfer to Flagstaff to catch Amtrak's Southwest Chief bound for Chicago. As you leave the warm weather behind you, you may elect to nap, read a book, or spend the day marveling at the canyons, deserts, mountains, missions, pueblos, and ranches that comprise the colorful scenery. Overnight train. (B, L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)

  • Day 6 - Arrive at Chicago's Union Station

    Snow-covered prairies welcome you to the Midwest as you wake-up this morning. Leisurely prepare for your 3:15 pm arrival in Chicago. You may elect to extend your stay in the Windy City to take advantage of all of the winter activities the city has to offer.

    Itinerary is also available from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon.

    For additional dates please see Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure.


Hotels include the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and Maswik Lodge.

Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom. 

Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower.

All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.

Know before you go
Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions.  Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.

Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.

+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.


It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.


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* Arrival and Departure times are subject to change. Please be advised that passengers traveling on Southwest Chief Trains may encounter delays of approximately three to six hours due to heavy congestion, speed restrictions and other operating conditions.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, tax included. Prices are are correct at the time of this web page being published; yet, are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
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